Girls’ Night Out

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Story by Diane Haynes Woodburn

girls night out“I’ll get my makeup done!” I instantly volunteer. Three girlfriends and I have come to the Melting Pot—Lahaina’s fun new hot spot—for the monthly Girls’ Night Out party. We expect great fondue and a chance to toast our friendship with a few designer martinis—but find much more.

A bevy of beauty products and baubles to die for greet us in the foyer. We all volunteer for the free beauty pick-me-up: makeup and hairstyling by Plush Beauty Lounge. Hutton’s Fine Jewelers introduces us to their newest line of must-haves—a fun, edgy line of chunky necklaces and dangling earrings that make playing dress-up with fashions by An Aloha Boutique all the more entertaining. And the other shopping option? Let’s just say there’s more than one way to get a blush on, with goodies courtesy of the Love Shack.

Girls’ Night Out features fashion, a four-course menu and drink specials. Our dinner begins with a classic fondue made of aged cheddar and Emmenthaler Swiss melted with lager beer. We greedily dip Granny Smith apples, fresh breads and veggies into the warm gooey goodness. A light salad follows, then our third course: sirloin steak, Dijon chicken, shrimp and ravioli with four styles of fondue. We opt for coq au vin and spicy mojo broths, and love every bite.

Based on our experience, it’s best to have one or two pomegranate martinis before dessert—just to break down any resistance. This fondue is worth dipping into: chocolate with all the fixin’s, cheesecake, strawberries, pineapple, pound cake, brownies. . . . Should this have been on the Love Shack display?

Lots of fun and yeah, a few calories. But the chance to celebrate a night of friendship makes this a night to remember.  Four-course dinner: $35. Reservations suggested.

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